randolphjj (116) - Raymore, Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Nice pale! I particularly dig the amarillo hop nose (without being too strong) and the honey. Well put together. Dastrn (115) - Warsaw, Indiana, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Clear and golden draught with a 1 finger white foamy head.
Smell was subtle: cascade and honey malt.
Flavor was very hoppy for a New Belgium, and all around pretty good for an APA.
Mouthfeel was a little high in carbonation, although it fit the style well, and the hops smoothed it out in the back. All around a great APA, very drinkable, and easy to share with just about anyone! I’ll return for more! josarah (112) - Hinesburg, Vermont, USA - JUN 16, 2008
Growler, light white head, hoppy aroma, deep golden color. Nicely hopped and balanced, finish is very smooth. Very good drinkable beer. rdenney18 (109) - Lawton, Iowa, USA - JUL 28, 2012
A very good pale. Has a hint of fruitiness, but not over the top. Close to perfect hoppiness.
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This is a great APA. Nice smooth malt that balances the hop profile very nicely. Nothing excessive and brilliant but yet has enough depth to keep me drinking. The ABV is a little high but it works with the sweetness and the stronger herbal and citrus character of the amarillo.
garretjax (103) - Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Honey copper color and a puffy white head. Soft floral scents and a tweak of bready bitterness. Big carbonation and light medium body. The hops are light easy on the tongue. A bit of a flat under dry finish with out the rush of bitterness from hops. beergod (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2009
You know this brewery gets a lot of crap, but remember they are a green brewery and do have some good brews. So forget fat tire and think honestly. This pale is more of a traditional English pale than an APA. Still it’s solid and refreshing even though most of the new school would say mild ,or bland. A winner and you knew all along that if NBBC ever made a pale ale it would be traditional and solid! Let’s face it they sell a butt load of beer and don’t really need us to buy it! some one will because it’s good! corpsuckle (101) - Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Great pale ale. Nothing exceptional, but eagerly quaffable and on par with the high quality brews that New Belgium continues to produce. mrmekon (100) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 10, 2010
dark yellow, small white head, low retention, heavy lacing. aroma mild, citrus hops, pineapple. low malt flavor, a little pine hoppiness, then big bitter finish of citrus hops. medium body and carbonation. taste doesn’t linger long. DANEgerous (96) - Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2012
Aroma: A hopped brightness not to be expected from any pale ale /Nice enough to be made into a cologne
Appearance: Typical pale ale slightly on the dark side
Taste: Wonderful brights of citrus an wheat, akin to a key lime or lemon merange made with beer just a touch of hops
Pilate: Typical and moderate in all regards
Overall: Bright and wonderful... let’s leave it at that